The General Assembly 2010 will be combined with the biannual IENE conference and takes place in Velence, Hungary September 27 - October 1 2010. The theme of the conference will be "Improving Connections in a Changing Environment".
The new IENE organisation was officially reactivated at the IENE general assembly in Évora, Portugal, 23 April 2009. A new steering committee was established and the general assembly agreed upon a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), setting the basis for the new IENE.
In connection to the 11th IENE meeting, an Open Day was organised at the University of Évora on April 24th, 2009. 201 persons form 18 countries attended the Open Day. The main theme was “Transport infrastructure of the 21st century: connecting people and wildlife. Participants included people from road and railway administrations, people from environmental administration, researchers from universities, NGOs, technicians from Environmental Impact Assessment firms and students.
In April 2008, representatives from 18 European countries met in the Hungarian city Nyíregyháza to discuss the needs and possibilities to re-activate the IENE. It was the unanimously conclusion of the participants that there is a need for a new and more active IENE at European level, especially with respect to the ongoing expansion of transport infrastructure in Eastern-European countries and the threat of a climate change. An interim steering committee was formed to establish a new IENE secretariat, update statutes and website and ensure future funding.
The IENE meeting was combined with an international conference on "Habitat fragmentation due to Transportation Infrastructure" and the presentation of the COST 341 products. For more information on this conference, download the conference map with the abstracts of all the speakers.
The 8th IENE meeting was combined with the meetings of the COST 341 action and was held in the LTI- Alfamar hotel in Albufeira, Portugal. The meeting was organized by Mrs. Helena Farrall from the New University of Lisbon.
There is no report of the 8th IENE meeting, since the IENE Open Day was canceled. You'll find an overview of the presentations that we're given at the closed IENE meeting by IENE members and Portuguese guest speakers. You can download the powerpoint presentations and and other documents as pdf - files :
The 7th IENE meeting was organized with the support of the Flanders Authority and the Institute of Nature Conservation in Brussels. The meeting took place in the conference room 'Hadewijch' of the Flanders Authority, where 14 experts gave presentations on different topics in the field of habitat Fragmentation due to transport Infrastructure. The IENE Open Day was combined with meetings of the COST 341 Action and a closed meeting of the IENE members. The IENE Open Day was attended by 30 European experts and more then 80 participants representing the different Flemish administrations and institutes of Transport and Environment.
The 6th meeting of the Infra Eco Network Europe has been organised and supported financially by the Swedish National Road Administration and the Spanish Ministry of the Environment, Directorate General for Nature Conservation and the Department of the Environment of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia. The meeting has taken place in Sitges, south of Barcelona, at hotel Estela between the 5th and 7th of April 2000.
The 6th IENE meeting was a combined meeting between IENE and COST 341 (”Habitat fragmentation due to transport infrastructure”) and brought together almost 50 experts representing 20 European countries. During the Open Day about 70 Spanish professionals in infrastructure and environment were present. The opportunity to exchange information both ways and to establish contacts among them and the IENE representatives were positively exploited.
The 5th meeting of Infra Eco Network Europe (IENE) was organised and supported financially by the Swedish National Road Administration and Technical and Information Service on National Roads, Hungary. The meeting took place outside Budapest at the Budai Sport Centre between the 14th of April and the 17th of April 1999.
The 5th IENE meeting was a combined meeting between IENE and COST 341 ("Habitat fragmentation due to transport infrastructure") and brought together about 30 experts representing fourteen European countries. During two days, the open day and the excursion, about 60 Hungarian professionals in infrastructure and environment were present. The opportunity to exchange information both ways and to establish contacts among them and the IENE representatives were positively exploited.
The 4th meeting of the Infra Eco Network Europe was organised and supported financially by the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, the Swiss Agency for Environment, Forest and Landscape and the Swiss Ornithological Institute. The meeting took place in the city of Brig, in the heart of canton Vallais. This event brought together more than 40 experts representing 16 European countries. About 15 Swiss professionals in infrastructure and environment were present along the three days of meeting.
The third IENE meeting took place in the city of Vladimir about 200 km eastwards from Moscow. It was organised by the Road and Hydraulic Engineering Division of the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, in cooperation with the Moscow State University and the Federal Highway Administration of the Russian Federation. The event was attended by 18 IENE experts from twelve European countries and more than 30 Russian specialists in road construction and management, environmental protection and research. The Russian delegates represented more than 20 national governmental organisations, research institutes, universities and non-governmental organisations, covering almost the whole territory of the Russian Federation. The second day of the meeting was dedicated to exchanging scientifical and technical information between the IENE group and the Russian representatives.
The second meeting of the Infra Eco Network Europe was organized by the Road and Hydraulic Engineering Division of the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, in cooperation with the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute and the Swedish National Road Administration (SNRA). This event was attended by 20 participants representing the IENE coordination points in twelve European countries and three international organizations: PIARC - the World Road Association, ECNC - the European Centre for Nature Conservation and the Directorate General VII - Transportation of the European Commission.
The location chosen by the Swedish organizers, close to one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Sweden under construction in a natural protected landscape, provided inspiration for the workshops of the meeting. Problems raised from the concern to integrate harmoniously roads and bridges in the natural landscape and to mitigate their negative effects on fauna was actively debated by all the participants. The Höga Kusten bridge and the construction of a segment of the E4 highway served as an example that motivated the importance of the activities developed by the Infra Eco Network Europe.
The first meeting of the Infra Eco Network Europe was organized by the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, Division of Road and Hydraulic Engineering from the Netherlands, in cooperation with the Bucharest University, Department of Systemic Ecology and the Management of the Natural Capital, Romania. The workshops of this first IENE event brought together the IENE National Coordinators of 11 European nations and the members of the IENE steering committee. The establishment of Infra Eco Network Europe, presentations of the current situation in each country and future development of cooperation was on the agenda.
- 12th IENE meeting: IENE conference and General Assembly in Velence, Hungary, 27 September - 1 October 2010
- 11th IENE meeting in Évora, Portugal 22-25 April 2009
- 10th IENE meeting in Nyíregyháza, Hungary 9-12 April 2008
- 9th IENE meeting in Brussels, Belgium 11-12 November 2003
- 8th IENE meeting in Albufeira, Portugal 9-13 April 2002
- 7th IENE meeting in Brussels, Belgium 24-28 April 2001
- 6th IENE meeting in Sitges, Spain 5-7 April 2000
- 5th IENE meeting in Budapest, Hungary, 14-17 April 1999
- 4th IENE meeting, Brig, Switzerland 22-26 April 1998
- 3rd IENE meeting, Vladimir, Russia 28 September - 2 October 1997
- 2nd IENE meeting, Höga Kusten, Sweden, 9-13 April 1997
- 1st IENE meeting, Danube Delta, Romania 9-11 October 1996